Credit Suisse *Sort Of* Joins War On Christmas

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The marginally more successful, slightly less tax-evading Swiss bank in town announced yesterday that the Alternative Investments holiday party has not been canceled, so high-fives all around! BUT. It has been postponed. The soiree, which will take place at Cipriani 23rd Street, has been rescheduled from December 11 to January 14. Obviously, this move (to get the space on the cheap, not report the expense for the fourth quarter, etc) pains Brady Dougan, seen at left. No word yet on what's a poppin' with regard to the investment bank's partay, though there is certainly cause for celebration for the CS IB'ers who are being allowed to keep their jobs.
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